San José, Oct 26 (EFE) .- The Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress reported this Tuesday that it will support Nicaraguan journalists who have gone into exile in Costa Rica in the context of the socio-political crisis that that country has been experiencing since April 2018 and more recently during the electoral process.
The organization, founded by the former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Óscar Arias, explained that it signed a collaboration agreement with the organization Voces en Libertad, with the aim of providing support and undertaking initiatives that facilitate the informative work of the exiled journalists.
“Every month the number of Nicaraguan journalists in forced exile increases due to state persecution. However, informing the Nicaraguan citizens is imperative and the Arias Foundation was present to support journalists and the information platforms that make up Voces en Libertad”, indicated the Foundation in a statement.
The agreement will seek resources and plan strategies so that Nicaraguan journalists who have been forced to leave their country can “work despite censorship and guarantee Nicaraguans the right to information,” added the Arias Foundation.
In addition, the initiative intends to undertake projects or activities to defend press freedom, the encouragement and promotion of journalism and mutual accompaniment in the search for support for Nicaraguan journalists and media.
The agreement, which will be in force until September 2022, was signed by the president of the board of directors of the Arias Foundation, Suzanne Fischel, and the exiled journalist and member of the advisory council of Voces en Libertad, Aníbal Toruño.
“We are very happy with the signing of this agreement. Creating alliances is the way to strengthen Nicaraguan journalism from exile and the Arias Foundation is ready to join the efforts to facilitate the work of colleagues here in Costa Rica,” said Toruño .
Historically, Costa Rica has received constant flows of Nicaraguans that have intensified in times of war or social and political conflicts like the one Nicaragua has been experiencing since April 2018 when the protests against the Ortega government began.
Official data from Costa Rica, a country of 5.1 million inhabitants, indicate that since April 2018 more than 100,000 requests for refuge alone have been received, from Nicaraguans who claim to have fled their country to protect their integrity and life from the repression of the authorities.
In Costa Rica, university students, protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, peasants, among others, have been exiled, who claim they were being persecuted by the Government. EFE
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Foundation will support Nicaraguan journalists exiled in Costa Rica